Canyon, Texas

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Canyon is a city in Randall County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,875 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Randall County[3]. It is the home of West Texas A&M University and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is some twelve miles east of Canyon. To the east of Canyon is the JA Ranch founded in 1877 by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair and still under the ownership of the Adair heirs. The population in July 2009 was estimated at 14,529.

Canyon is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area, and residents are known as Canyonites.

The town's public education is served by the Canyon Independent School District.



Canyon is located at 34°58′46″N 101°55′33″W / 34.979326°N 101.925849°W / 34.979326; -101.925849 (34.979326, -101.925849).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,875 people, 4,802 households, and 2,924 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,600.0 people per square mile (1,004.3/km2). There were 5,091 housing units at an average density of 1,028.1/sq mi (397.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.33% White, 1.92% African American, 0.54% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.69% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.73% of the population.

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